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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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Weinstein Co. To Release Dubbed Argentinian Animated Sports Adventure 'Underdogs' (TRAILER)

The Weinstein Co. plans to dub into English and release in various territories the Argentinian animated sports adventure "Underdogs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2014 4:02 PM
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WATCH: Mia Wasikowska Schleps Through the Outback in New Trailer for 'Tracks'

The latest trailer for director John Curran's "Tracks," about a young woman's treacherous journey across the wilds of the West Australian desert and starring the sublime Mia Wasikowska, has landed. Release date via distributor The Weinstein Company forthcoming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 6:46 PM
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Helen Mirren Set to Reclaim Art Stolen by Nazis in 'The Woman in Gold'; Weinsteins On Board

Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company is on board period drama "The Woman in Gold"; the film is set to star Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2014 12:37 PM
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Weinsteins Catch 'A Speck in the Sea'

The Weinstein Company has picked up film rights to author and journalist Paul Tough's gripping New York Times Magazine piece "A Speck in the Sea," the magazine's cover story last Sunday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 10, 2014 5:29 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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Why 'August: Osage County' Is Moving Off Its Christmas Opening

The Weinstein Co. confidently debuted John Wells and Tracy Lett's entertaining no-holds-barred R-rated film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning stage hit "August: Osage County" at the Toronto Film Festival. Since then TWC has been working their SAG and Golden Globes magic, but the movie hasn't been getting love from year-end critics groups. (So far it's at 67% on Metacritic.) The Weinsteins already pulled back from a wide to a limited Christmas break and are switching things up again, moving those engagements back two days to December 27. Why?
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 17, 2013 4:35 PM
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'Philomena' Off to Strong Start, 'Nebraska' Second Weekend Lags

Weinstein heart-tugger "Philomena," this week's awards-friendly limited opening, scored an initial number comparable to two recent Oscar contenders ("Nebraska" and "Dallas Buyers Club"), just ahead of its rapid expansion this Wednesday. Per usual, the specialty market is getting crowded, with not just new limited films but plenty of wider-releases, including "Catching Fire," grabbing the attention of older audiences. It's a time of high-risk opportunity, as not all releases will achieve their hoped-for maximum attention.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 24, 2013 4:27 PM
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Review and Round-Up: Stephen Frears' Oscar-Friendly 'Philomena' Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (TRAILER)

It's no surprise that the Weinstein Co. is releasing "Philomena," which is one of those movies aimed squarely at the Academy middle. It took a while for writer-producer-star Steve Coogan--who seems to be trying to perform some kind of career rehab by playing a softer-hearted creature than his usual--to persuade Stephen Frears to do the directing honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 4:16 PM
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Weinstein Company Nabs US and Canadian Rights for 'Macbeth,' Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Michael Fassbender is hot. The Weinstein Company has picked up US and Canadian rights to Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from Studio Canal, which will star Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 11:55 AM
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